Josephine: An Open Book by Angela Douglas
Josephine: An Open Book is the powerful and compelling story of a a young actress aspiring to make it in the capital of cool, swinging sixties London.
From sleazy auditions to A-list parties, passions of the heart to the dangers of a predatory industry, the ups and downs of Josephine's life and career form the basis of an emotional and compelling read that gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the biggest stars of the day.
The likes of Michael Caine, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor and many more are captured in rarely seen moments: on set or socialising, unguarded and natural.
Though a work of fiction, the novel draws extensively on Angela Douglas' own experiences, weaving a story which universal in its themes. Josephine is ultimately an uplifting memoir of determination and conviction in the face of adversity, and is sure to resonate with the reader.
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About the Author
Angela Douglas was born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, but has lived her whole life in South London. Her first professional appearance was in the West End aged just fourteen years old. Small roles in television along with teenage modelling and commercials followed.
Aged twenty, she was taken to Rome for three months to work on Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Her twenty-first birthday was spent there...
On her return she was cast as Fancy Smith (Brian Blesseds) girlfriend in the popular British TV series, Z Cars. Immediately after she went to Bristol to film Some People, directed by Clive Donna. The leading man was the British movie star Kenneth More.
Angela was then cast to play the new female lead in four classic Carry On films – starring first as Annie Oakley in Carry On Cowboy. This followed with appearances in Carry On Screaming, Carry On Follow That Camel, and Carry On Up the Khyber.
Angela also appeared in many iconic television series, including: Gideons Way, The Saint, The Avengers, Doctor at Large, Jason King, The Protectors, and Father Brown. In July 1969 she miscarried the longed-for baby with Kenneth More. Angela returned back to work, traveling to Hong Kong to star in the musical Somethings Afoot with Virginia McKenna and George Cole. Toronto followed with the play, The Scenario with Trevor Howard.
In London she appeared alongside Patrick Macnee in Killing Jessica, before a tour of the UK with Tony Britton in The Seven Year Itch, and Anna Neagle in The First Mrs Fraser.
Angela moved into journalism writing for many national publications, with The Mail on Sunday giving her a regular column in its Femail pages and The Daily Telegraph sending her to L.A to write a feature.